Psychology, Virtual Environments, Neuroscience:

Interdisciplinary Research Group



This new group was founded to foster interdisciplinary research at UCL in the social and life sciences exploiting the technology of immersive virtual reality. Moreover, recent research within the field of immersive virtual environments draws heavily on psychology and neuroscience. This is both as a domain of application, and also for scientific explanation of people’s behaviour and responses when they experience virtual reality.

The first meeting of this group took place on 7th September, 2010. Present (or represented at this meeting were):

  1. Neil Burgess

  2. Chris Barker (also representing Nancy Pistrang)

  3. Beau Lotto

  4. Patrick Haggard

  5. Marko Nardini

  6. Will Steptoe (also representing Anthony Steed)

  7. Harsimrat Singh (also representing Nadia Berthouze)

  8. Jamie O’Brien

  9. David Swapp

  10. Mel Slater (Chair)


13th December, 2011, 12.00-13.00

Bodies, Places and Neuroethics

Professor Patrick Haggard


17th November, 2011, 12.00-13.00

Studies of paranoia using virtual reality

Professor Daniel Freeman

Department of Psychiatry, Oxford University


9th June, 2011, 12.00-13.00

Using Virtual Reality to Investigate the Representation of 3D Space

Andrew Glennerster

Department of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences, University of Reading.


31st March, 2011, 13.00-14.00

Body Representation in Immersive Virtual Reality

Mel Slater

Department of Computer Science, UCL


26th January, 2011, 12.00-1.00

Using VR to Break the Laws of Physics and Optics in Vision Research

William H. Warren